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PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge
We’re hoping you’re expecting, the restaurant experience is not quite as it used to be. We’re doing our best to follow all guidelines and stick to all requirements in safety and cleanliness. You may not like them, we certainly don’t. But this is a different time, and currently these are the things we must do.
Overdrive sanitation procedures; limiting seating capacity to 6' apart with MAXIMUM 4 GUESTS PER PARTY; All reservations are spaced 10 minutes apart. Masks on while standing.
We are calling all reservations, so please make sure the phone nr is correct. Res. will be cancelled if we can not confirm it.
Patio seating: phone reservation only -max 24 hours advance.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Clean menu provided to every guest
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
We had soup and the paparadelle and the ravioli. One of the best meals we ever had!
Always top notch! Favorite restaurant in Traverse City.
Food was great and well prepared.
Very satisfying in all respects. My wife and I had Nobel dishes which were well prepared and presented—and very good.
Food exceptional and Brad our server was excellent!!
This is my favorite restaurant in TC! Amazing food, staff, atmosphere and the chef is super cool.
What a wonderful find! The restaurant is lovely, our waiter was attentive, the wine was fantastic, and the food from appetizers to dessert was amazing. Afterward, the chef visited our table to find out how our experience was. Perfect from start to finish!
Celebrated our anniversary with dinner at Pepe Nero. It was fantastic! This was our first time eating out since the Corona virus hit so we weren't really sure what to expect. All of the staff did an amazing job practicing safety measures while still making it feel like a special experience. The food was fantastic. The staff was amazing. We would definitely return again.
Noah was wonderful. Made a celebration wonderful.
One of my favorite restaurants in town! Incredible and authentic Italian cuisine! Staff is always friendly and attentive. I always tell people to dine at PepeNero!
We were in Traverse City on vacation and were so excited to hear they were reopened after Covid. The wait was worth it! Beautiful outdoor patio, appropriate social distancing and outstanding service. Our waiter, David, was brand new but knew his stuff. He humored me with multiple wine tastings as I was having a hard time choosing among their plentiful wine list. My husband and I split the Filet, cooked perfectly, and the Rigatoni. For dessert we had their homemade butter pecan. Yum! This place is such a gem. Please try it yourself!
Had a great meal on Saturday night!
Mika was great! He really catered to my wife and her dietary limitations. He worked with the chef to create menu variants and suggestions that worked well for her. Awesome service!
Rest of the table had Polpo (octopus), Crab Croquette, Vellutata (soup), Ravioli, Filletto Black Angus, Branzino & Spiedini followed by Tiramisu and Gelato.
Excellent all around!
This place is so good even during Covid-19 restrictionists the food was great as before and the service was there to help with everything and kept our wine glasses filled. This is not our first time here and hope to be there many more times. I just hope that COVID does not do them in. Again many THANKS FOR A GREAT TIME.
This was our first time at PepeNero and it will not be our last! Service was absolutely outstanding from start to finish. Our waiter David had great recommendations and knew so much about the history of the restaurant. He is an excellent waiter.
We ordered the crab croquettes as an appetizer and the pappardelle and filet as entrees. Dessert was espresso gelato and the tiramisu. Everything was delicious including our cocktails!
Truly felt like a taste of Sicily, which we REALLY enjoyed.
Wonderful evening. Our waiter David was great. We would highly recommend
Very nice restaurant with excellent food. Our waiter was also excellent. Very attentive but not over bearing. We were visiting on vacation and would highly recommend this spot and would return.
Great service, great food uniquely prepared. Great choice of wines.
Great food, wine & service! Recommend this restaurant to all.
Server was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Wonderful experience.
The food was delicious, the service outstanding! Would highly recommend!!
Excellent wine list, knowledgeable servers, food was outstanding!
One of our favorites!
Every time we dine here the food and service are the best!
Never disappointed! By far the best restaurant in Traverse City! Our dinner was so exquisite that we talked about it for days. I can’t wait to go back.
Our dining experience was amazing! Starting with our Server Dorien who was exceptional! We started our meal with a shared homemade Gnocchi dish, my husband and I both ordered fish entrees which were prepared with the freshest ingredients, prepared perfectly, presented beautifully and very flavorful! We have been to this restaurant several times and always have a wonderful experience!
The service staff was attentive and delightful. Our first nice meal out in months after pandemic lockdown and the attention to hygiene was excellent. Delicious starters, salad and pasta and lovely fish course of branzino.
Excellent service. Food was superb. Easy parking in a quiet environment in the "commons".
The service and food was amazing looking forward to going back.
We love PepeNero, it’s one of our favorite places in TC! The food is always great and the service is amazing. We will be coming back every time we go to TC.
Dinner was amazing!
Literally the best meal I’ve ever had in my life.
Excellent food and service. Looking forward to our next visit to Traverse City which will include a stop at PepeNero.
I wish I remembered out servers name because he was next level. Really enjoyed the whole experience.
Excellent service from start to finish. Food is cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. Will definitely be back in the future!
A must visit in Traverse City!! Food is spectacular with an attention to every detail.
If you're looking for a great date night place where all of the COVID-19 guidelines are being enforced (including patrons wearing a mask when not at the table) and exceeded, you've found it. This was our first dine-in experience since the "shut down" and we felt so comfortable and safe that my almost started to cry. From the staff wearing gloves and masks at all times to the bottle of hand sanitizer on the table, it was exactly what we needed to be comfortable.
All of our dishes came out perfect! I can't say enough good things about our experience.
Birthday celebration dinner for my husband. We were a party of two. They have taken great care to reopen and it felt safe and welcoming. Our server Noah was outstanding. We ordered black Manhattans, they were perfect. Asked Noah to choose our wine pairing with our entree and that was perfect as well.
Good, atmosphere, and service was top notch!
PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (231) 929-1960.
PepeNero Ristorantino Italiano / Ballaro Wine Lounge is rated 4.8 stars by 472 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.